The irrigation season of the subsidiary of the JSC “Water Economy of RNM" from the town of Sveti Nikole this year started in following order: on 07 May 2021 delivery of irrigation water started along the main canal for sowing rice in the areas of villages of Krupishte and Zigan respectively, whereas on 19 May 2021 irrigation of agriculture land in the area of Ovche Pole started. The irrigation season concluded on 23 Sep 2021, with approx. 3400 hectares of agricultural land being irrigated. The amount of water from the “Kalimanci” accumulation spent on irrigation in the area of the operation of the subsidiary of Sveti Nikole, is estimated to be fifty million (50,000,000) m3.
The most planted crop in the area of operation of the subsidiary of Sveti Nikole was the clover (alfalfa) with 1500 hectares planted, followed by rice with 580 hectares planted, corn with 530 hectares and vineyards with 430 hectares planted.
Due to the extremely dry periods during the irrigation season, delivery of water for irrigation was carried out in accordance with water delivery plan by which all agriculture areas received water for eight (8) days, followed with subsequent interruption of delivery that lasted for four (4) consecutive days.
Throughout irrigation season, certain defects took place in water distribution network consisting of pipelines and canals. Part of defects were successfully repaired in a timely manner with appropriate spare parts provided, while rehabilitation of some parts of the distribution network is still ongoing. Favourable weather conditions in November allowed repair of defects to continue in order to get the water distribution network ready for the next 2022 irrigation season. See images attached.